Shinzo Abe was assassinated in Japan; the assassin used what appears to be a homemade firearm. How does this event inform the American debate over guns?

I’m reminded of the July 3 Copenhagen shooting; following that event, I recall reading some opinions that such a shooting proves that gun bans don’t stop gun violence. Japan is well-known for having very few guns and very little gun violence, but now Japan is in the news for a high-profile example of gun violence.

  • What does Abe’s assassination teach us about guns and/or gun violence?

  • Does gun violence in nearly-gun-free countries “vindicate” the 2nd Amendment? In other words, do you feel that these events provide evidence that gun violence is inevitable regardless of anti-gun laws, strengthening the need for the 2nd Amendment so that individuals can protect themselves?

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